Summer news from the Working Class Movement Library

Published July 31, 2019 at 8:19

Our Sam, the Middleton Man – film screening

On Saturday 3 August at 2pm we will be hosting a screening of ReelMCR’s new community film about Samuel Bamford, radical reformer, writer, handloom weaver and leader of the Middleton contingent who walked to Manchester on 16 August 1819 in a peaceful protest which turned into what we now know as Peterloo.

Director Jacqui Carroll and some of the cast will talk after the screening about their involvement in the project.

Admission free, light refreshments available.

An exhibition which sets the context for the events that unfolded in Manchester 200 years ago

Our current exhibition Peterloo: news, fake news and paranoia has been much praised for exploring the historical context of the time, the prevailing paranoia and the reactions of the establishment, utilising the Library’s extensive Peterloo holdings. Please come and have a browse in the run-up to the bicentenary commemorations.

Exhibitions are open Wednesdays to Fridays 1-5pm, and the first Saturday of the month 10am-4pm. This exhibition runs until Thursday 19 September.

Autumn events at WCML

We don’t really like mentioning autumn in July BUT we do have a great autumn schedule of events we’re hoping you’ll join us for. Keep an eye on our Web page as we add these in over the next couple of weeks.

We’re kicking off on Saturday 14 September at 2pm with The plan that came from the bottom up, a free screening of a film about the extraordinary story of the Lucas Aerospace engineers, who 40 years ago responded to the threat of redundancy with their own plan of action, developing alternatives to the military products their company made. We’d love you then to join us for a discussion about changing not just what we produce, but how we produce it, and thinking politically about technology.

Then on Wednesday 18 September at 2pm we’re delighted to welcome Shelagh Delaney’s biographer Selina Todd who will discuss Delaney’s upbringing, life and work, while Rob Lees (MaD Theatre Company) will talk about the experience of bringing Delaney’s work to life on stage in 2019, and Jenna Omeltschenko (Touring Partnerships Manager, National Theatre) will discuss the National Theatre’s new production of A Taste of Honey, which premieres at the Lowry in September. Selina is also extending an invitation to WCML supporters to attend the launch of her Delaney biography Tastes of Honey – see below for details.

Remembering Resistance project update
If you missed out in participating in the project Remembering Resistance: a Century of Women’s Protest in the North of England when they joined us here in March for International Women’s Day, you have another chance to get involved at Manchester Central Library on Tuesday 23 July, 12-5pm.
They say: ‘Come along and share your memories and any related objects which we would love to record, celebrate and use to inspire future generations’. More information at

Book launch: Tastes of Honey
The launch of Tastes of Honey: the Making of Shelagh Delaney and a Cultural Revolution, the new authorised biography by Selina Todd (Chatto & Windus, 2019) takes place at Salford Museum & Art Gallery on Thursday 12 September from 6.30pm.

This celebratory evening will feature a roundtable discussion with Selina Todd, Rob Lees (Artistic Director, MaD Theatre Company), DJ Lippy and Jenna Omeltschenko (Touring Partnerships Manager, National Theatre), with music and performance by MaD Theatre Company. The author will also be signing copies.

You can register for free place(s) at this event here:


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